Deputy health and community care minister Lewis Macdonald said:
'The Care Commission has achieved much since it was established in April 2002. I have no doubt that under Professor Clark's leadership - and with the wealth of knowledge and experience that he brings to the role - the Commission will continue to grow in stature and be well placed to meet the challenges of the next few years.'
Professor Clark will take up the appointment on the October 17 following his retiral as Director of Strathcarron Hospice. Professor Clark is also a Non-Executive Director of the Voluntary Association for Mental Welfare in Lanarkshire and has recently been appointed as Patron of the British Lymphology Society.
His previous experience includes 11 years as Chief Executive of Lanarkshire Health Board and spells as Chairman of both Forth Valley Primary Care NHS Trust and Forth Valley NHS Board. He does not hold any other Ministerial appointments.
The appointment will be for three years from October 17, 2006 to October 16, 2009.
This post is part-time and attracts a remuneration of£23,011 for a time commitment of two days per week.
The Care Commission, which became operational on April 1, 2002, was established as an executive non-departmental public body under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (the Act) and operates within a framework agreed with Scottish Ministers. It regulates a wide range of care services under the Act and its associated regulations, taking account of the National Care Standards published by Scottish Ministers. Care Services it regulates include support services (including day care for adults and domiciliary care), care homes, school care accommodation services, independent health care services, nurse agencies, child care agencies, secure accommodation, offender accommodation services, adoption, fostering, child minding, day care of children and housing support services and adult placement services.
This Ministerial appointment was made in accordance with Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland (OCPAS) Code of Practice.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees' political activity (if any declared) to be made public. Within the last five years, Professor Clark has not been involved in any political activity.